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Greenlaurel: Try Local Cut Flowers and Avoid Those Jetsetter Blooms

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A gorgeous locally sourced Local Color Flower bouquet grown within 100 miles of Baltimore.

These days, two dozen roses may only set you back $30. Yet, behind these cheap blooms is a $60 billion global cut-flower industry with a story that’s not quite as rosy. The modern flower industry is known for a voluminous carbon footprint, thorny labor issues and prickly land, pesticide and water practices.

The next time you pick flowers for your special event, think outside the flower box and consider choosing your blooms from the many local and sustainable flower options right here in Charm City.

Greenlaurel: Free Native Trees at Herring Run Nursery this Sunday

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If you live in Baltimore City or Baltimore County and are looking to add trees to your yard, definitely plan on visiting Blue Water Baltimore’s Herring Run Nursery this Sunday to grab yourself a free one.

Greenlaurel: Today is Maryland’s First-Ever Children’s Environmental Health Day

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Everyday consumer products contain untested, and oftentimes unhealthy synthetic chemicals. Found in grocery stores, shampoo often contains fake scents based on phthalates, a known hormone disruptor.

Already a legislative leader in reducing children’s toxic exposure, Maryland is now the third state to officially designate today as Children’s Environmental Health Day. The state’s new eco-holiday is an ideal time to take stock of the clear link between negative health outcomes for kids and the 80,000 mostly untested chemicals found in our air, water, consumer products and food, and perhaps more importantly, to consider taking steps to reduce our kids’ exposure to everyday chemicals.

Greenlaurel: Maryland’s Climate and Energy Conundrum at Cove Point

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Dominion’s Cove Point natural gas liquefaction plant is expected to start shipping Appalachian fracked gas by year’s end.

In the same week that Maryland’s fracking ban became law, Lusby, Maryland citizens were protesting Dominion Energy’s request to significantly increase the toxic chemical emissions expected from its new fracked gas export plant. A closer look at each issue highlights the challenges facing our climate as we weigh an age-old battle: profit versus the planet.

Greenlaurel: Easy Composting Ideas that Reduce Trash and Air Pollution

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Compost Cab will pick up your food scraps weekly for about $1 a day.

Food waste is the no. 1 material in your trash can, and accounts for about 22 percent of municipal trash. Luckily there some easy options that can turn your food trash into garden treasure, whether it comes from a household or business.

Why care? Most likely, your trash gets burned at the big BRESCO incinerator next to Interstate 95, which also happens to be Baltimore City’s top source of air pollution. Not only could you help make some good garden fertilizer, but composting can reduce your household trash, which reduces our air pollution.

Greenlaurel: Your Top 7 Electric Vehicle (EV) Questions

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There are over 700 public electric vehicle chargers in Baltimore, like this one at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Even better, EVs often get preferred parking spaces.

They’re cool. They’re supposedly green. And yes, electric vehicles (EV) can be confusing. Check out the real-world answers below to seven classic EV questions.  We’ve even discovered some crazy sweet (like $10,000 sweet) EV coupons that expire Sept. 30. Maybe it’s time to go electric?

Greenlaurel: Coalition Urges Md. to Hit 50 Percent Renewables By 2030

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A CivicWorks’ Solar Job trainee shares his success story at the ‘Forward with 50’ press event. He’s on his way to a new career in solar.

The newly organized Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative, boasting at least 330 organizations, will urge lawmakers to source 50 percent renewable electricity by 2030 and to invest in solar training programs. Energized people-power is critical because the Trump administration has punted on anything renewable leaving states to come up with their own climate change solutions.

Greenlaurel: Baltimore To Consider ‘No Oil Bomb Train’ Legislation

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The “no oil train” coalition protested during Artscape 2017 – a venue right in the potential oil blast zone.

A dedicated group of Baltimore’s faith leaders, communities and environmentalists have been working hard to put the kibosh on highly flammable “oil bomb trains” entering Baltimore City. The Baltimore City Council will soon consider a creative local zoning law designed to seriously limit dangerous oil trains’ terminal expansion. Here’s why you should care and also some simple actions you can take to make your voice heard.

Greenlaurel: Morgan Community Mile, a Public-Private Collab, Outfits its 31st Home with Solar

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Pamela Harris, Wade Watkins and Barbara Bivens are among 31 homeowners who received solar upgrades as part of the Morgan Community Mile initiative.

Bigwigs and everyday Baltimoreans gathered this week at Wade Watkins’ Belair-Edison home for a street party to celebrate the 31st and final solar installation of the Morgan Community Mile. Among the leaders in attendance was Congressman John Sarbanes, who called the program a “win-win-win: A win for homeowners who will see their BGE bills drop substantially; a win for our planet because the solar electricity generated is pollution-free; and a big win for good, paying jobs in the clean-energy industry.”

Greenlaurel: You’re Invited! Ideas to Host a Beautiful and Sustainable Party

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Using locally grown flora, this arrangement by Baltimore’s Local Color Flowers is stunning. Credit: Stacy Bauer Photography

Gearing up to start planning for holiday entertaining? Consider a few of the sustainably minded party-hosting tips below. From your invitations to party cleanup, small changes can yield greener results while helping you host a fabulous party, all with a nod to our planet.